No vision for the future would be complete without a strong endowment.

The endowment serves as the cornerstone of growth and stability, a barometer of progress and potential. While MassArt has made significant strides over the past decade increasing its total, we're still not where we need to be. This campaign will move us in the right direction, nearly doubling our endowment to more than $17 million.

This means additional funding for faculty fellowships so instructors like John Russell – an art history professor who won an award to complete his research on important archeological excavations in Syria – can explore their passions and apply what they discover in the classroom. It means growing our visiting artist program so we can draw more high-profile names to campus like Trenton Doyle Hancock, a master printmaker, who recently spent a week at MassArt working with our students. It means increasing support for the Center for Art & Community Partnerships, which connects students with local companies such as Merck Research Laboratories and nonprofits like the Boston Medical Center to tackle projects that make a positive contribution to our neighborhood and beyond. And it means additional dollars for scholarships and financial aid, so we can continue to attract the most talented students from around the country.

Some people look at the size of a school's endowment as a sign of its prestige, its quality, or perhaps the success of its alumni. But that doesn't work with MassArt. Yes, we've been around since 1873. And yes, we're now considered one of the top art and design programs in the country, with alumni making an immeasurable difference around the world. But our endowment is still in its infancy with a lot of room to grow. That's why we need your help. We have an opportunity to build on the momentum created by college leadership, who have helped triple the endowment in the past eight years. It's now time to raise it to a level that better reflects the exceptional quality of our academic programs and opens up exciting new opportunities for growth and prosperity. With your support, we will.

For more information and ways to get involved, contact Marjorie O'Malley, Vice President of Advancement at momalley@massart.edu or 617 879 7045.